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Car Seat Review: Maxi-Cosi Pria 70

Marianne Merawi
by Marianne Merawi
April 5, 2014
1 min. Reading Time

Rating: 4/5 Stars

MSRP:  $250

Maxi-Cosi seats are popular in Europe, and parent company Dorel has introduced a few to the US market in recent years as well. Their sleek, stylish seats have also done well here in the States, and the Pria is no exception.  Its thick padding seems very comfortable, and it has a sliding headrest and adjustable recline for an easier install.  It is relatively compact front-to-back and likely to fit well in most vehicles.  Along with most of the other seats by Dorel, it is made in the USA, whereas most other brands of child restraints are manufactured in China. While it isn’t the longest-lasting seat on the market as far as fitting larger and taller children, it is a good choice for parents who want a quality car seat that is safe, comfortable, and easy on the eyes.



  • No-rethread harness makes straps easy to adjust
  • Will accommodate the average child to age 4 rear-facing (American Academy of Pediatrics and NHTSA recommend rear-facing to at least age 2 and as close to age 4 as possible)
  • Adjustable headrest makes seat more compact for smaller children and then can extend as they grow
  • Comfortable fabric and stylish design
  • TinyFit option provides good fit for preemies and small newborns
  • Strap covers to prevent straps from irritating child's neck
  • Built-in cup holder
  • Made in the USA


  • Harness is initially stiff, difficult to tighten and adjust
  • High sides can make it hard to get child in and out of seat
  • Relatively wide and heavy
  • Expensive
  • Despite recline options, may need pool noodles or rolled towels to achieve appropriate angle


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